When you’d like to alter the shape, color, or general appearance of your teeth, dental veneers provide great cosmetic results. They change the look of your smile in a simple and painless way.
Veneers are thin customized shells attached to the fronts of your teeth. You can even select the color to brighten your smile. Often made from porcelain, they resist stains and look very natural. They reflect light just as natural teeth would.
It takes several dental appointments to get veneers. The first is a consultation to learn if veneers are right for you, ask questions, and establish a treatment plan. The next appointment will involve preparing the teeth, as a small amount of enamel must be removed to attach the veneers. In the final appointment, the veneers will be permanently attached to your teeth.
There are many reasons that patients choose veneers. These include lengthening or shortening teeth to adjust your smile to your features, eliminating gaps between teeth, hiding stains, correcting minor orthodontic issues, and covering chipped or broken teeth. Not every person is a good candidate for veneers, however. Those with unhealthy teeth, inadequate enamel, or with habits like teeth grinding are not suitable candidates. Your dentist will help you decide if they are right for you.
Veneers are considered a permanent solution for your smile. Once you have gotten them, they are not reversible. They will likely need to be replaced eventually, although they are considered a durable restoration. With proper care, veneers will transform your smile for many years to come.